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Diesel scrappage scheme looks likely

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As we mentioned back in January, if the government is serious about getting rid of old diesels, then they need to speak to the people who get rid of them!

Following on from the article we ran in January, it now appears that a diesel scrappage scheme could be in place within the next few months.

According to an article that appeared recently in The Telegraph, a scrappage scheme for diesel cars could be introduced within months as part of a plan to lower emissions and improve air quality across the country.

The article went on to explain that work is currently underway by the Department for Transport and Defra for a scheme to either give cash back or a discount on low-emission cars when old polluting vehicles are traded in.

The Telegraph’s article said, “A government source confirmed that talks had taken place with the Treasury, which would finance the plan, and officials were developing a scheme that could focus on geographical areas around the country where pollution is worst.”

The full article can be read here but reading it you get the feeling that the officials plan to target the oldest and most polluting vehicles, but as far as I am aware they have not been in contact with those who will process these vehicles to ensure that any system is effective. Unfortunately none of the measures appear to tackle the issues associated with pollution from trucks, farm vehicles and ships.

In our last article we raised the point that MVDA had written to government about the problems created and the ineffectiveness of the previous scheme, and that they were happy to get involved to prevent such issues on any future scheme. I am not aware that any contact has taken place.

The article did cover some interesting points such as extreme air quality issues in a number of London Boroughs, while Westminster are surcharging diesel cas 50% when parking.

March 2017

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